Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

Crohn's Disease Anal Problems

Home care for anal problems in someone with Crohn's disease includes:

  • Ask your pharmacist for a nonprescription hemorrhoid product to relieve pain and itching.
  • Avoid a lot of wiping after a bowel movement. Wiping with soft, moist toilet paper (or a commercial moist pad or baby wipe) may relieve discomfort.
  • Avoid lifting heavy objects if you have hemorrhoids.
  • Exercise regularly to avoid becoming constipated.
  • High fiber foods such as fruits and vegetables are usually helpful to regulate the bowels, but may cause problems in some people with Crohn's disease.
  • If you have hard stools, try a nonprescription stool softener. Softer stools can make it easier to empty the bowels and lessen pressure on the veins.
  • Try not to strain during bowel movements. Allow yourself adequate time to use the bathroom and don't rush.
  • Try soaks in a warm tub (sitz baths) several times a day.

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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